Controversial soccer

Everyone has probably heard about the controversy that was created in Laval when a Muslim girl was not allowed to play in a soccer game because she refused to remove her hijab. The grounds were that it poses a risk of strangulation.

I’m torn because on the one hand I do see that there are safety rules for a reason, though on a personal note I wonder what the odds really are of someone being strangled because of a hijab. At the same time, a hijab is not the same thing as someone wanting to play while wearing a long string of beads around their neck or a hat for fashion’s sake, it’s a religious headscarf and I’m all about her right to wear it.

However, I don’t think the story in and of itself, as it was briefly described is the REAL interesting part of the story. What is interesting to me is that not only did she refuse to take it off and not only did her team support her by refusing to play, FOUR other teams walked off and refused to play in protest of the rule.

I find that part interesting and fascinating and even hopeful of a generation that cares about issues because when I was a young kid I don’t know how many of my peers would have cared enough to stand up for someone and walk away from a tournament like that.

4 Comments so far

  1. Vila H. (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 6:28 pm

    Thanks for highlighting this facet of the story, Sherry. People like to talk about “team spirit,” but this it what it actually means. Now, perhaps someone could explain the concept to Jean Charest and Mario Dumont?

  2. andre (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

    Another interesting fact from this story: The umpire whose interpretation of the rules lies at the heart of this debate…is also a muslim.

  3. matthew (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

    I wonder if this would have happened if “reasonable accommodation” wasn’t such a hot media topic at the moment.

  4. Zeke (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 3:10 pm


    I’m surprised that no one else has mentioned that Montreal soccer officials are probably just a tad gun shy when it comes to safety on a soccer field.

    Has everyone forgotten about the death of Shane Diabo?

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